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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2017-02-13 01:46 am

"A toast!"

Today was my mother's 75th birthday party. Instead of making a traditional toast, I wrote her a poem.


A warm baguette with fresh unsalted butter
Good whiskey served in glasses meant for wine
Fine art and jazz and clothes with flowing lines
I learned appreciation from my mother

Speak from the heart; don't ever silence others
Defend our rights and fight to right what's wrong
Wave signs, wear buttons, sing those protest songs
I learned my activism from my mother

Write eagerly, then edit out the clutter
Read lit and genre, dictionaries, poems
A wall of books will make a house a home
I learned the joys of language from my mother

Immense affection for my younger brother
No matter how we'd argue, snark, and fight
"You'll sort it out," Mom said, and she was right
I learned both love and patience from my mother

Abundant hugs and kisses, but don't smother
Praise every scribble as a work of art
Be honest and respectful from the start
I learned to be a parent from my mother

Find endless ways to cherish one another
Build families from friends through joy and trust
Each day, she teaches that to all of us
Please join me now to toast my splendid mother


Happy birthday, Mom. :)
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[personal profile] alatefeline 2017-02-13 07:04 am (UTC)(link)
*clinks a glass*

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[personal profile] sovay 2017-02-13 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
Today was my mother's 75th birthday party. Instead of making a traditional toast, I wrote her a poem.

It's a very good poem.

Happy birthday to your mother!
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[personal profile] gingicat 2017-02-13 02:13 pm (UTC)(link)
This is a lovely tribute.
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[personal profile] amaebi 2017-02-13 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
That is a splendid and sumptuous tribute.
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[personal profile] ironed_orchid 2017-02-13 05:15 pm (UTC)(link)
This is lovely.
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[personal profile] coraline 2017-02-14 01:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh that's lovely. I'm so glad for you that you have all those things. And the ability to beautifully express them :)

[identity profile] 2017-02-13 09:14 am (UTC)(link)
Aww. :-)

[identity profile] 2017-02-13 02:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh wow, I love this! What a tribute!

[identity profile] 2017-02-16 01:04 pm (UTC)(link)
What a lovely way to honor her. Happy birthday to your mother!!